Word of the Day: Musical PantechniconPosted: July 1, 2011
“What would Philadelphia be without its orchestra?” cry traditionalists. Good question, but it’s not the only one. Realists are demanding to know exactly what a city of six million wrestling with post-industrial decline gains from having a costly and cumbersome musical pantechnicon.
Norman Lebrecht, “What Happens When the Band Stops Playing?” Standpoint (July/Aug 2011)
Musical Pantechnicon, n.
U. S. /ˈmjuzək(ə)l/ /pænˈtɛknəˌkɑn/ A collection of all (“pan”) arts and crafts (“techne”) for the production of music; a large and diverse assortment of musical instruments, played by machine or by humans. Example: the panharmonicon, a mechanical orchestra built by Nepomuk Maelzel in 1811 and for which Beethoven composed Wellington’s Victory, was a musical pantechnicon.
Brit. /ˈmjuːzᵻkl/ /panˈtɛknᵻk(ə)n/ An over-sized vehicle for large pieces of